Chiang Khan walking street

Chiang Khan

Are you looking for places to visit in Loei? There are so many great places in this beautiful province. One of those great places is Chiang Khan and the famous Chiang Khan walking street.

In my article I go into detail about Chiang Khan and why it is so famous. I talk about what you will see there and where Chiang Khan is. I also have some great photos of the walking street and of the view points along the Mekhong River. There are many great tourist attractions in Loei but Chiang Khan is on everyone’s list of places they want to visit when they come to Loei.

What is Chiang Khan?

Chiang Khan is a beautiful small district town on the Mekong River. It is about 48 kilometers from Loei city. To get to Chiang Khan from Loei, there are two types of bus. There is the slow song teaw bus, which leaves Loei every thirty minutes and takes about 90 minutes to get to Chiang Khan. There is also a large AC bus from Korat that passes through Loei on its way to Chiang Khan. This bus takes only forty minutes to get to Chiang Khan but it is not a regular bus. It passes through Loei about six times during the day.

Over the last few years the town has developed into a popular tourist destination for both Thais and foreign visitors. Chiang Khan walking street is the main point of this interest. Mainly due to the walking street maintaining its original design. There are no concrete buildings here, there is a mix match of old Thai style wooden houses.

Chiang Khan walking street

Chiang Khan’s main tourist street.

Chiang Khan walking street

Looking along the main tourist street

Where is Chiang Khan?

Here is Chiang Khan’s walking street on Google maps. Chiang Khan is only 48 kilometers from Loei.

What will I find in Chiang Khan?

Chiang Khan has maintained its traditional identity by ensuring that buildings in the town center keep to a traditional Thai wooden style. As you walk through the main streets you will see hotels, restaurants, banks and retails outlets all having their own Thai traditional style that fits in so well and makes walking through Chiang Khan interesting and picturesque.

The walking street is about one kilometer long so can be completed in one outing. The walking street caters to all your needs. If you are looking for something to eat you have both snacks for sale on the street itself or you may want to go into one of the many restaurants. Thirsty? Then there are bars and coffee shops. If you like to shop, then you will not be disappointed in Chiang Khan.

They have done a great job with the soft lighting as well. The lighting really adds to the ambience of the street. There is always a bit of background music coming from many of the businesses along the street. The experience leaves you with a good impression.

Don’t miss the sunset.

Sunset on the Mekong River is a must see. As the sunset approaches. The birds on the river take off in groups looking for a place to rest for the night. The setting sun provides a beautiful orange glow across the river along the banks of Thailand and Loas. A great photo opportunity.

I always recommend guests trying to get to Chiang Khan before sunset. The walkway along the river has some great viewpoints to watch the beautiful sun as it drops behind the landscape.

Chiang Khan walking street

Sunset on the Mekhong River

What time does the walking street open?

Traders along the main tourist street open for business at around 4pm in the high season. In low season they start to open a bit later, about 5 p.m. By 6 p.m. the street is a bustle of people. The weekends and Fridays are usually very busy. Most of the local hotels, guest houses, etc.. will be displaying their ‘no vacancies’ signs.

Chiang Khan is a good weekend break for a lot of Thais. That is why it is sometimes difficult to find available accommodation on the weekends. If you travel on a weekday. Finding accommodation should not be a problem. Prices tend to be more expensive if you stay on the walking street. Staying in accommodation off the walking street will be cheaper.

Two websites you can use to check availability and prices are Booking.com and Agoda.com.

What is Chiang Khan famous for?

Chiang Khan is famous for quilts and glaced coconut, the glaced coconut is very delicious so don’t forget to buy some before you leave. There are quite a few vendors selling the coconut along the street. They usually offer a discount for buying multiple bags so do not be surprised if you come away from the walking street with a handful of goodies.

Are there boats trips?

Yes, just next to this main street is the Mekong River. There are boat trips available at Geng Kud Koo, which is about three kilometers from Chiang Khan. You can take a relaxing trip along the Mekong River taking in views of the banks of Thailand and Loas. Loas is only a short distance across the river.

Geng Kud Koo is open from morning to about 5 p.m. They do not open much later then that because they know almost everyone will make their way back to Chiang Khan’s walking street which opens after 5 or so.

What else is there to see in Chiang Khan?

As you approach Chiang Khan from Loei there is a temple on one of the hills just before the town. That gives a great panoramic view of the valley and Chiang Khan itself. The temple gives you an opportunity to admire a beautiful Buddha statue and have a great photo opportunity.

Are there tours to Chiang Khan from The Stay Guest house?

Yes, there are. At The Stay Guest House we offer a tour to Chiang Khan. This is a set fee for one car journey there and one back, the car can seat up to four people. The car is a very comfortable air-conditioned Honda City.

What time does the tour leave and return?

This tour leaves at around 16:30 to ensure we arrive in plenty of time for the sunset on The Mekhong River. From there I take you to the famous Chiang Khan walking street which is about 1 kilometer long, I leave you here so you can explore until your hearts content. I do not set a time limit to return, it is up to the guest when they want to return to the guest house. When guest are ready to return they just make their way back to the car.

This tour is subject to availability. If you are interested, kindly contact us in advance by leaving a comment below.

If you would like to know about other great places to see in Loei, then go to my attractions in Loei blog to read more.

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